STEED - Usable end-to-end encryption
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Tue Oct 18 18:18:57 CEST 2011
On 10/18/2011 11:58 AM, Werner Koch wrote:
> We did this for about 15 years - without any success. If you look
> at some of the studies you will see that you can't teach that stuff
> to non-techies - sometimes not even to engineers.
As a data point from 2005:
I was teaching computer literacy at the University of Iowa. The first
day of class I asked the 35 students which of them brought a computer of
any kind to class. Three people raised their hands: they all said they
brought laptops. When I asked how many brought cell phones, all 35
raised their hands. The only people who thought cell phones were
computers were the three who brought laptops.
I then asked if a game console (XBox, Playstation, take your pick) was a
computer. The class was almost evenly split: half said yes, on account
of how you could surf the web with it. Half said no, because you can't
write a Word document with it.
Admittedly, this is not a representative sample of college students.
That said, I think it's an informative anecdote.
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